Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
A couple of months ago, in the bleakest of the bleak Berlin midwinter when the temperatures fell seriously below “Friendly” (or during those only two weeks when it actually got cold), we were approached by a lovely French lady working on a short documentary about Berlin-Kreuzberg for ecoplus.TV to talk about the borough and the directions in its evolution.
The interview took place in the courtyard of Betahaus in Prinzessinnenstrasse. It was so cold that our faces were going into freeze-mode as we were talking. Still, the two of us had it better than the interviewer´s friend who was our camerawoman and sound-technician. When we met at Moritzplatz her hair was still wet from the shower she had taken before. By the way we started the interview it was frozen solid.
Yet she never complained and in no way suggested she was uncomfortably numb because of the frost. She soldiered on and went through it all without batting an eyelid (perhaps it was frozen solid, too:-) To which I can only say: Chapeau!
All in all, those were great 40 minutes and I am happy to have been asked to participate along some truly interesting people like the team behind Betahaus, behind Recordloft or Nicolas Leschke who´s part of the amazing ECF Farmsystems project from Kreuzberg. Here´s the ready material – parts of it are in French (it was made for French viewers) but all interviews were carried out in English.